Building Your Meditation Practice—One Minute at a Time

Practical, actionable advice on how to squeeze meditative moments out of your busiest days.

You’ve probably heard how great a regular meditation practice can be for your health, but it may not be enough to inspire you to get started. When you’re trying to juggle a career, family, and a social life among all of life’s minutia, it can seem like there isn’t a moment to spare—especially for sitting […]

Zen and the Art of Living in the Present Moment

Six mindfulness exercises to help you relax and live in the moment, from wake up to bedtime.

When we think about mindfulness, many of us think of yoga and meditation. While these healthy habits are definitely worth incorporating into our wellness routine, they take time to cultivate. Whether you’re new to the concept of mindfulness, or simply want to build your practice with easy, small steps, here are six ways to tweak […]

Joyful Communication

What would it be like to share only happiness with every text, email and word we spoke? The Buddhist practice of "Right Speech" offers some useful insight.

“I am committed to cultivating loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve them of their suffering.” This beautiful intention is one of the Buddhist Mindfulness Trainings and refers to something the Buddha called “Right Speech” – communicating in an honest, kind and calm way. It is […]

Tired of Being Tired? Try Yoga Nidra

45 minutes of this rest cleanse is as beneficial as three hours of sleep.

“If you want to get something done,” my grandmother used to say, “ask the busiest woman you know.” That woman is probably you. And you’re probably really tired. We women are busy, busy, busy. There’s pressure to do it all, have it all, be it all. Tired is our new normal, and that’s not okay. What […]

Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind

Health and wellness expert Tiffany Cruikshank says you can train your brain to use meditation to curb your cravings.

It’s that time of year when it’s safe to pause your Hulu Live account. Who needs to stream old-school holiday specials, like Frosty the Snowman? Although, there’s a valuable lesson in this childhood classic: One of life’s biggest challenges is believing in things that cannot be explained. Somehow we view meditation and losing weight the […]

Pondering Powerful Life Lessons with Poet and Philosopher, Mark Nepo

Inspirational quotes from Nepo's latest book, Things That Join the Sea and the Sky, help us navigate life with a deeper appreciation and a lighter step.

When life is getting sticky and the thought of, “why me?” appears and lingers, and conversely when life just feels a little too comfortable, and I catch myself smugly believing that “Oh, I totally got this,” I seek out the words of philosopher Mark Nepo. In the fast pace of life that can sweep us […]

Somatic Meditation

Forget quieting your mind. Meditate with your body instead.

“The body knows things directly, immediately, nakedly, without any conceptual overlay.” — Reginald Ray, The Practice of Pure Awareness Many traditions teach us to meditate from the top down – focusing on the mind and our thoughts. Somatic meditation teaches us to begin with the body. We settle into our body to find deep presence; […]

Meditation Made Easier

Learn why observing your thoughts, instead of controlling them, leads to a more positive and natural meditation practice.

In a world of constant distractions from pocket-sized technology to the twenty-four-hour news cycle, it’s remarkable how meditation has begun to “trend” in a culture that never seems to slow down. But trends can become overwhelming, and meditation trends are no exception. You can download meditation apps, wear tech that helps you meditate and achieve certain […]

Why Things Are What You Make of Them

You don’t have to be a creative professional or hobbyist to benefit from the "take control of your life" advice in Adam J. Kurtz’s new book.

In his latest book of down-to-earth professional wisdom, author and designer Adam Kurtz deals out some sage, and often funny, life advice for creatives. I gobbled up the pocket-sized book, not only because it gave my creative self-esteem a much-needed boost, but because much of his advice felt applicable to life in general.

Wake Up: Escape a Life on Autopilot

A lesson on living in the here and now.

At times, we all feel dissatisfied. At times, we all feel stuck. Although many aspects of our lives may be fulfilling and fantastic, many of us, when we think about it, still find ourselves asking ‘is this it?’ The nature of life is such that we get carried away with our own busyness. Many of […]
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